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Is King Albert About to Abdicate?

  July 3, 2013 at 9:59 am by

There is intense media speculation currently that the Belgian monarch, Albert II, is set to announce his abdication. The King, who turned 79 last month, will made a live address to the nation on both television and radio at 18:00, Belgian time (16:00GMT). It is expected that in the address, Albert will announce he is abdicating in favour of his heir, eldest son Philippe. Earlier today, King Albert attended a … Continue reading

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Queen Fabiola Turns 85

  June 13, 2013 at 6:19 am by

Her Majesty Queen Fabiola of Belgium celebrated her 85th birthday on June 11th. The Spanish-born widow of the late beloved King Baudouin of Belgium was born in Madrid in 1928. Queen Fabiola was the fourth daughter of the Count and Countess of Mora and her godmother was none other than Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain. In December 1960, Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón married King Baudouin of Belgium at … Continue reading

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Máxima vs Mathilde: Who Wore It Better?

  June 8, 2013 at 5:07 am by

It’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time that Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium wear the same outfit. The two royal ladies are known customers with the fashion house Natan and it doesn’t seem to bother them to buy the same outfit. On May 13, during a visit to Switzerland, Princess Mathilde wore a green dress with a matching jacket … Continue reading

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King Albert II of Belgium Turns 79

  June 7, 2013 at 1:36 am by

Brussels – June 6th, 2013 King Albert II of the Belgians celebrated his 79th birthday yesterday. The King was born at the Chateau Stuyvenberg in 1934, the second son of King Leopold III and Astrid of Sweden. In 1958, he married the Italian noble Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria and the couple have three children: Crown Prince Philippe, Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent of Belgium. Following the sudden death of … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 51

  June 5, 2013 at 8:50 am by

June 5th, 2013 Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 51st birthday on June 5th. The Princess is only daughter and second child of King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium. In September 1984 Princess Astrid married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and the couple now have five children. Currently, Princess Astrid is sixth in … Continue reading

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Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium Turns 10

  April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am by

Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 10th birthday on April 23rd. The Princess, who is currently eleventh in line to the Belgian throne, is the fifth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Her mother, Princess Astrid is the only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. Princess Laetitia Maria has two … Continue reading

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The EFC Princess Margriet Awards 2013

  March 21, 2013 at 10:30 am by

On Tuesday March 19, Princess Margriet, Princess Laurentien and Princess Astrid of Belgium attended the ECF Princess Margriet Awards. The European Cultural Foundation award was founded in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opening speech was held by Princess Laurentien in her capacity as President of the ECF, while Princess Margriet awarded the prizes. The laureates of the … Continue reading

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Royals attend Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican

  March 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm by

March 19th, 2013  – The Vatican World leaders and members of several royal houses attended the Papal Inauguration Mass at the Vatican for His Holiness Pope Francis today. Over 200,000 pilgrims had packed into St Peters Square to witness this very solemn ceremony. Royals present were King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Felix of Luxembourg, the Prince … Continue reading

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Princess Mathilde Turns 40

  January 20, 2013 at 6:00 am by

The Duchess of Brabant, Princess Mathilde, today celebrates her fortieth birthday. To mark her milestone birthday, the Belgian Royal Court issued a series of new portraits of Mathilde and her family. The portraits, which were taken shot by Michel Gronemberger, have been heavily criticized for their artificial appearance thanks to various lighting and post-production features. A commemorative stamp has also been issued; Princess Mathilde attended the official launch of the … Continue reading

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Royals Turn to Elie Saab For Luxembourg Wedding Gala

  October 25, 2012 at 9:09 am by

And the royals decided to wear Elie Saab. Lebanese designer Elie Saab, who shows at Paris Fashion Week, dressed seven royals at one gathering. The gathering was a reception dinner celebrating the marriage of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy. The most important person of the evening, Countess Stéphanie, wore a full embroidered grey gown with lace inserts and a low back draping see here . Her … Continue reading

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Mathilde’s Fashion Choices In Turkey

  October 18, 2012 at 8:09 am by

It was all about snake print for Crown Princess Mathilde as she and Crown Prince Philippe started their economic mission to Turkey. Mathilde stepped off the plane in a plain cream skirt and a twin top set – the underneath top was snake print with a matching print lining her orange cardigan/jacket. The look was finished off with snake print heels and a tan clutch see here. On day two … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte

  October 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm by

Following our first installment of ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Backs’ – Charlotte and Felix – yesterday, the TRF Blog would like to present our second installment, looking at the wedding of His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Her Royal Highness Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. The engagement between Hereditary Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte was announced in late 1952, with their marriage taking place on April 9th, … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Five and Six

  June 18, 2012 at 12:26 am by

While the Princess Mathilde took a flight to come back in Belgium, Prince Philippe started his fifth day in Japan, on June 14, visiting the Panasonic Center, the multinational electronics corporation. At the Panasonic Headquarters in Osaka the Prince, along with Belgian Ministers, discovered the newest technologies of Panasonic, including the new 3D technology. Prince Philippe also attended the signing ceremony of the collaboration agreement between Panasonic and Imec, a … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Three and Four

  June 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm by

On the third day of the Economic Mission to Japan, June 12, Crown Prince Philippe attended the inauguration of the collaboration between GSK Vaccines and Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical at the Japan Vaccine Company Head Office. GSK Vaccines is specialized in the research, development and production of innovative prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Then the Prince had lunch at the Keidanren Head Office, the Japan Business Federation, when he attended meetings with … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days One and Two

  June 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm by

The Crown Prince Couple’s economic mission started on June 10th, when Prince Philippe visited EXPO 2010 in Yesu, South Korea. He was there to represent the King. The Prince, accompanied by the Belgian delegation and two Ministers, visited pavilions with chocolate, diamonds and fries during the Belgian Day. The Prince was also there to support and promote the candidacy of the city of Liege for the exhibition of 2017. The … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

  June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este yesterday celebrated her fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion, the Belgian Royal Court released a series of portraits of Princess Astrid and her husband, Prince Lorenz. A birthday party was also held on Saturday June 2nd at the Royal Palace of Laeken, which was attended by Princess Astrid’s children, parents, and her younger brother with his family. During the luncheon, the Princess was … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde visits an UNICEF project

  April 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm by

On April 17, Princess Mathilde visited the communal primary school of Wezemaal in her capacity as Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium. Princess Mathilde visits the school on the occasion of the ‘Day of Change’ (Dag voor Verandering). In this day UNICEF Belgium asked to the students to use their imagination and change,for a day, the habits of the class to understand the experiences of children who live an emergency situations. … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mathilde: Three Day Visit to Albania

  April 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm by

From March 28 to 30, Princess Mathilde visited Albania in her capacity as Special Representative for the Immunization of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe. At Tirana International Airport, she was received by Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Albania’s Health Minister Petrit Vasili. The purpose of the trip was to highlight the work of health professionals as part of the vaccination campaign in 2012 by WHO. The first … Continue reading

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Belgian, Dutch Royals Attend First Bus Tragedy Funeral

  March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm by

King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians today attended the first funeral of victims of last week’s Swiss bus tragedy. They were joined by the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, and President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf of Switzerland. The service took place at the 5,000-seat Soeverein Arena in Lommel, in northern Belgium where one of the schools involved is located. Among the crowd were Belgian Prime … Continue reading

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